Online bookmaker Bet Victor (previously VC BET) has launched a free antepost bet to coincide with the announcement of the Grand National entries for 2013. Bet Victor is a big supporter of the legendary steeplechase and regularly pays-out 5 places each way on the race where most bookmakers only pay-out 4. So it was no surprise when they showed antepost punters some love in the form of a moneyback free bet.
The deal is fairly simple and works like this… If you place your ante post grand national bet with BetVictor and the horse you’ve backed doesn’t run in the April 6th renewal then you’ll get your stake back as a free bet. BetVictor caveat the deal with the following “This offer is made in good faith and is designed to provide a form of insurance to customers who are unlucky enough to back a single selection antepost that fails to run in the Aintree Grand National 2013. This is the spirit with which the offer is made.” The maximum moneyback is limited to £50 per customer.
Personally I feel it’s a good deal, betting in the Grand National antepost market is notoriously difficult. At least this deal allows you to bag some big prices safe in the knowledge that if your selection is a non-runner for any reason then you’ve not totally thrown your money away.
Looking at the entries for the 2013 Grand National I can already see a few runners who at appealing at the prices being offered by BetVictor. In particular last years third placed horse ‘Seabass’ looks good value at 20/1. It’s amazing how many horses place in the National one year and return the following year and win it. As for the long shots, Imperial Commander at 33/1 is surely a stand out each way bet. A Gold Cup winner in his time and still has plenty of ability, the only worry is how the handicapper will judge him. It’s also worth taking a hard look at the Irish trained horses, the winter in Ireland has been less severe than here in the United Kingdom and that has given the Irish trainers and horses an edge over the English horses.
Surprisingly their are a couple of entries from down under. One who catches the eye is Pentiffic a horse currently with Venetia Williams the trainer who landed a 100/1 Grand National winner Mon Mome in 2009.